With limited resources, I had to concentrate on PATN’s analysis abilities and screen display. The emf file format output from PATN is however very flexible, vector based and therefore scale independent. EMFs are therefore very good for manipulating.
Everyone these days should have a fair image editor. Adobe Photoshop is the top end, and I’d not recommend it unless you were using it all the time. It is for professionals. I use Paintshop Pro for serious stuff, but find ACDSee excellent for simple tasks. ACDSee is excellent for browsing and with Optimizer, awesome for image sizing and compressing. Good alternatives are Adobe Photoshop Elements, Microsoft Digital Image Pro, and maybe Ulead PhotoImpact.
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